Monday, August 11, 2008

Fun Monday Photo

It's Fun Monday again! And The Lurchers are hosting this week. The task was to show our "favourite" photo...and guess what? BLOGGER IS NOT COOPERATING on my home computer! So, I had to go to older posts...yadda, yadda...and if you've seen this before, I apologize. But curse Blogger, not me.

I actually teared up when I received this photo as a surprise in the mail. When The Offspring was about 3 years old, we visited my parents in Laguna Beach, CA. One of my uncles, who has a love of photography, was selected as an exhibitor in the presitigous Festival of the Arts. He shot some very candid photos of my little girl while we were in town. Later that summer, he sent us three portraits of her, complete with mats and frames. I was touched that he took the time and effort to send us this precious gift and that he down-played his talent by claiming it was just a "silly hobby." This is my absolute favorite (favourite?):He captured a non-posed moment, and though it is difficult to see here, he used a slight watercolor wash on the paper after he printed the photograph. It reminds me of her innocence at that age, yet I see glimpses of the thoughtful old soul she carries inside - that is much more prevalent now in her thoughts and deeds. One thing I hate is that we still haven't hung these pictures in our new home...in fact, the three photos he sent are among the very few items I will insist adorn our walls!

I am looking forward to visiting all the participants, and checking out some great photos - you make sure to do the same!

28 comments:

Aoj and The Lurchers said...

Oh that is just beautiful! Such a stunning image, no wonder you love it so much!

judysteapot said...

yes indeed you need to hang that picture up!! wonderful and so thoughful, love Judyx

iPost said...

That is great! I love candid portraits much more than the stiff posed one. I can see why you love this one.

Lil Mouse said...

arent those kind of surprises the best?

ellen b said...

What fabulous keepsakes! That was a very wonderful, thoughtful gift. Enjoy. Oh I've been to the Laguna Art Festival years ago. It really is a great show...

Bond said...

BEAUTIFUL

Jettie said...

It is a beautiful shot!!! I haven't visited you in a bit either!! Summer has been to hectic!!!

Stephanie, Mama Dramatist said...

Breathtaking!!! And what a truly moving surprise!

ChrisB said...

I these non-posed shots make the best photos.Your uncle was a talented photographer~ this is a beautiful photo I can see why it's your favourite.

ChrisB said...

ahhh missed out the word 'think'

Tink *~*~* said...

It took me a LONG time to start hanging things on the walls in my new home. I've been here two years, and only started framing and hanging maybe two months ago! It just doesn't seem like a priority when there are so many other things to unpack and set up, does it? Anyway, I enjoyed your Fun Monday post!

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

Desert Songbird said...

I think you shared this once before, or did you? I love this. I have a great B&W photo that a friend of mine did of my daughter when The Lass was about 4yo - it's so precious to me.

Joy T. said...

I have always said candid shots are the best shots. A gorgeous photo taken by a wonderful photographer.

Sayre said...

Oooo... lovely! I can't blame you for tearing up over this one!

Molly said...

This is a very nice picture taken by your uncle. I like your description, "her innocence at that age, yet I see glimpses of the thoughtful old soul she carries inside - that is much more prevalent now in her thoughts and deeds."

storyteller said...

Ah … we’ve all experienced Blogger issues and know how frustrating they can be. I usually attend the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach at least once each summer and occasionally go back several times … especially when friends are exhibiting their work. How lovely to receive this surprise ‘gift’ from the exhibitor you mentioned. This photo is lovely indeed. Congratulations on being able to select just one ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Alison said...

I love this photo also and I can see how it is your favorite. He did capture her soul essence...just beautiful. He was definitely a talented photographer.

Pamela said...

We should all have an Uncle who has a silly hobby. very nice!!!

Sandy said...

beautiful photo of a beautiful child. Thank you.

Big Momma said...

Gorgeous picture of an even more gorgeous girl!

Faye said...

What a gift your uncle gave you. Even if you didn't know this child it would be special for the way he's captured girlhood. But, you knew this girl then and now and are probably amazed at how much is the same and how much has changed in her. Sorry! I just realized that this sounds like an Obamaism--but you know what I'm saying, right?

amanda said...

What a great photo of your girl!

M@ said...

Hey, I did fun monday, too. Check it out, Tig.

Memphis Steve said...

I don't have anything for fun Monday, but I can certainly see why you love this photo so much. I always try to photograph my family when they aren't aware of it because you get to see them as they really are, rather than all stiff and posed sitting side by side on a couch or something. The difference is dramatic. One feels real. The other feels somehow empty. This is a beautiful image.

Kila said...

What a priceless gift!

Tiggerlane said...

aoj & the lurchers - thanks! And I'm ready to hang it on the wall!

judysteapot - I couldn't agree more - where are my nails?

ipost - the candid ones really tend to capture the personality of the subject.

lil mouse - totally, the BEST!

ellen b - and the Pageant of the Masters is a MUST-SEE!

bond - THANK YOU

jettie - and yet, I always think things will "slow down" during the summer - wrong!

stephanie, mama dramatist - glad you enjoyed!

chrisb - someday, I'll have to share the other two!

tink - you are TOTALLY my hero!

desert songbird - yes, I posted these before. And I wish I had MORE photos of the kid at that age!

joy t. - thanks! Sure wish he lived here...

sayre - thanks, but I'm a softie, just so ya know...

molly - thank you - I was particularly inspired, which is easy, with the kiddo around...

storyteller - you must live close - is it wrong of me to be envious?

alison - wish he did it full-time...he is SO GOOD!

pamela - I agree - my other uncle is a cattle rancher.

sandy - no, thank YOU, dearie!

big momma - thanks - she gets her good looks from her daddy!

faye - Obama on, girlfriend! That was GREAT!

amanda - thanks! It WAS before her awkward stage...

m@ - revenge is always sweet to you, isn't it?

memphis steve - you are so right - and yet, it's hard to sneak photos of people, isn't it?

kila - so very true!

storyteller said...

Not necessarily wrong to be envious ... and yez I'm about 40 minutes away w/o traffic ... a 'native' California gal ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Tiggerlane said...

storyteller - 40 minutes away...lucky you!